Georgia's Haunted Mansions
Even if you don't believe in ghosts, we think the beauty of these Southern mansions will take your breath away.
The Georgia landscape is dotted with some of the country’s most historic and unique architecture, dreadfully beautiful structures. Believers in the supernatural have made the South a regular stop on their ghost busting tours. We’ve rounded up a few more haunted mansions that reportedly have part-time residents, especially this time of year.
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The Hay House
Just south of Atlanta in Macon you’ll find the Johnston-Felton-Hay House, one of Georgia's most historic homes. Dating back to the mid 1800s, the Italian Renaissance Revival-style structure was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1974. Several families, including the Johnstons, Feltons and Hays, called the house home before it was converted to a museum. The furnishings currently on display are mostly remnants from the Hay family's time spent there. Apparently fine antiques and art were not the only thing left behind. Museum employees as well as visitors have reported seeing the ghost an elderly woman dressed in 1860-garb roaming the home’s vast hallways. Others have heard footsteps on the stairs, seen doors suddenly slam, and felt unexplained dropping temperatures. Even worse, they’ve heard wailing noises coming from the master bedroom and felt taps on their shoulders. This is one you can visit and find out for yourself.
Located a few steps from Midtown on 15th Street sits an Ansley Park mansion that was built around 1910. The foreboding structure was split up into six different apartments at one point and now sits empty. We’re not quite sure what the current plans are for the spooky property, but what we do know is that neighbors have reported seeing figures dart past the windows around dusk while walking their dogs. Concerned that perhaps mischievous teens (or worse) had snuck into the home, they reported the sightings to an architect they met in the driveway one afternoon. He laughed it off and said it was nothing of concern though they never saw him again and workers have not been on site for weeks.
Located about 30 minutes outside of Athens is the small town of Bowman. Mostly a rural community, there are a handful of historic homes and a few that pre-date the Civil War. One of those homes, an 1858 antebellum, sits just off the tiny town square and is often the topic of town gossip for varying reasons, but mostly about the ghosts that inhabit the 5,000-square-foot structure. Built by a wealthy doctor, it once sat surrounded by farmland and pecan trees. The home passed to the Booth family in the '60s, who were quite popular in town. Mrs. Booth, the local math teacher, lived in the huge home after her husband died; she died in the home around 2007. The house sat empty for years and when a handyman finally moved in to make much needed repairs, he reported that the house was indeed haunted. He told stories of an old man who walked the halls and whispered in his ear. Overnight guests reported trying to get out of bed but a “force field” would not let them.